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Government Departments: Staffing

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 2 July 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, on 22 April (Official Report, House of Commons, cols. 698–700W), how many other departments employ more than 10 per cent of their permanent staff in legal and strategic human resources. [HL4471]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, National Statistician, to Lord Taylor of Holbeach, dated June 2009.

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, on 22 April (HC Deb, cols 698-700W), asking how many other departments employ more than 10 per cent of their permanent staff in legal and strategic human resources. (HL4471).

Comparable data for individual government departments at a directorate level, as provided for Defra in the Written Answer by Huw Irranca-Davies, are not collected centrally.

The Office for National Statistics collects the “profession of post” for individual civil servants, as part of the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (ACSES). At 31 March 2008, there were nine departments employing more than 10 per cent of their permanent staff in professional, legal or human resources posts (Annex A).

Annex A

Civil Service Employment: Profession by Government Department 1 2

Permanent employees

Headcount

Human Resources

Legal

All reported professions

All employees

Legal and Human Resources posts as percentage of known professions

31 March 2008

Attorney General's Departments

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

10

100

290

290

35

Crown Prosecution Service

190

3,040

8,330

8,330

39

Attorney General's Office

0

20

50

50

33

Serious Fraud Office

10

50

310

310

21

Treasury Solicitor

20

480

750

750

66

Health

Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

10

110

860

860

14

Justice

Ministry of Justice (exc agencies)3

970

0

3,680

3,680

26

Work and Pensions

DWP Corporate Services

400

390

5,650

5,650

14

Scottish Government

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

40

460

1,560

1,560

32

Source: Annual Civil Service Employment Survey

1 Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten, numbers less than five are represented by “..”

2 The profession of a civil servant relates to the post occupied by the person and is not dependent on any qualifications the individual may have.

3 Includes Government Office for the Regions employees.

Annex B

Civil Service Employment: Profession by Government Department 1 2

Permanent employees

Headcount

Human Resources

Legal

All reported professions

All employees

Legal and Human Resources posts as percentage of known professions

31 March 2008

Attorney General's Departments

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

10

100

290

290

35

Crown Prosecution Service

190

3,040

8,330

8,330

39

Attorney General's Office

0

20

50

50

33

Serious Fraud Office

10

50

310

310

21

Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

..

20

40

40

..

Treasury Solicitor

20

480

750

750

66

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (exc agencies)3

10

0

3,450

3,450

0

Office of Fair Trading

20

30

580

580

9

Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service

20

0

740

740

3

Office of Gas and Electricity Market

10

20

280

280

9

Postal Services Commission

..

10

60

60

..

Companies House

80

10

1,120

1,120

7

Insolvency Service

0

0

2,530

2,530

0

Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office (exc agencies)

0

0

0

1,230

0

Other Cabinet Office agencies

National School of Government

10

..

240

240

..

Parliamentary Counsel Office

0

0

0

70

0

Central Office of Information

50

0

690

690

7

HM Treasury

HM Treasury

..

..

1,080

1,080

..

HM Revenue and Customs

HM Revenue and Customs

1,720

450

88,890

88,900

2

Valuation Office

90

0

4,280

4,280

2

Chancellor's other departments

Government Actuary's Department

..

0

100

100

..

National Savings and Investments

..

0

130

130

..

Debt Management Office

10

0

80

80

7

Office of Government Commerce

0

0

180

180

0

Royal Mint

..

0

710

710

..

Office for National Statistics

80

0

3,140

3,160

3

OGC Buying Solutions

10

0

260

260

5

Charity Commission

Charity Commission

20

20

490

490

8

Children, Schools and Families

Department for Children, Schools and Families3

20

0

550

3,340

3

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

0

0

250

790

0

National Weights and Measures Laboratory

0

0

50

50

0

UK Intellectual Property Office

0

0

1,000

1.000

0

Office for Standards In Education

Office for Standards in Education

50

0

2,460

2,460

2

Communities and Local Government

Department for Communities and Local Government (exc agencies)

160

80

2,780

2,930

9

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

..

0

50

50

..

Ordnance Survey

50

10

1,390

1,390

4

Fire Service College

10

0

240

240

4

Planning Inspectorate

30

0

840

840

3

Culture, Media and Sport

Department for Culture Media and Sport

30

..

470

470

..

Royal Parks

0

0

0

100

0

Defence

Ministry of Defence

0

0

0

68,220

0

Royal Fleet Auxiliary

0

0

0

2,280

0

UK Hydrographic Office

30

20

1,040

1,040

5

Meteorological Office

40

20

1,760

1,770

3

Army Base Repair Organisation

40

0

2,340

2,340

2

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

0

0

0

3,410

0

Defence Aviation Repair Agency

30

0

2,000

2,000

2

Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (exc agencies)3

140

110

2,980

3,050

8

Office of Water Services

10

10

200

200

9

Rural Payments Agency

190

..

3,440

3,440

..

Animal Health

30

0

1,640

1,640

2

Marine Fisheries Agency

10

0

180

180

4

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

..

0

140

140

..

Central Science Laboratory

0

640

640

Pesticides Safety Directorate

0

0

180

180

0

Veterinary Laboratories Agency

10

0

1,280

1,280

1

Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

10

0

530

530

2

Government Decontamination Services

0

0

20

30

0

Export Credit Guarantee Department

Export Credit Guarantee Department

0

0

0

210

0

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (exc agencies)

0

0

0

5,950

0

Wilton Park Executive Agency

..

0

70

70

..

Health

Department of Health (exc agencies)3

60

0

2,180

2,180

3

Food Standards Agency

20

20

770

770

5

Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

10

110

860

860

14

National Healthcare Purchasing and Supplies

10

0

270

270

5

NHS Business Services Authority (Civil Service only)

0

0

240

240

0

Meat Hygiene Service

20

0

1,230

1,230

2

Home Office

Home Office (exc agencies)3

500

..

2,720

2,720

..

Border and Immigration Agency

0

0

19.290

19,290

0

Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism

0

0

250

250

0

Criminal Records Bureau

20

0

480

480

3

Identity and Passport Service

160

0

4,010

4,050

4

Justice

Ministry of Justice (exc agencies)3

970

0

3,680

3,680

26

Scotland Office

0

30

60

Wales Office

0

0

50

50

0

Tribunals Service

140

0

2,840

2,840

5

Land Registry

0

0

8,020

8,020

0

National Archives

20

0

610

610

2

Public Sector Prison Service

810

0

49,970

49,970

2

HM Courts Service

150

0

20,830

20,830

1

Public Guardianship Office

0

0

310

310

0

International Development

Department for International Development

0

0

0

1,670

0

Northern Ireland Office

Northern Ireland Office

..

..

130

130

..

Security and Intelligence Services

Security and Intelligence Services

0

0

0

5,320

0

Transport

Department for Transport (exc agencies) 3

10

0

150

2,020

5

Office of Rail Regulation

10

10

330

330

5

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

40

0

1,180

1,180

4

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

30

0

2,430

2,430

1

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

0

0

0

6,440

0

Driving Standards Agency

50

0

2,700

2,700

2

Vehicle Certification Agency

10

0

130

130

4

Highways Agency

0

0

3,510

3,510

0

Government Car and Despatch Agency

0

0

0

310

0

Work and Pensions

DWP Corporate Services

400

390

5,650

5,650

14

DWP Shared Services

30

0

4,450

4,450

1

The Health and Safety Executive

110

30

3,600

3,600

4

The Rent Service

20

10

570

570

5

Child Support Agency

150

0

10,710

10,710

1

JobCentre Plus

870

0

73,320

73,320

1

Pension Service

70

0

11,670

11,670

1

Disability and Carers Service

30

0

6,260

6,270

0

Scottish Government

Scottish Government (exc agencies)

150

120

3,730

4,500

7

Scottish Court Service

0

0

1,400

1,400

0

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

40

460

1,560

1,560

32

General Register Scotland

..

0

220

280

..

Communities Scotland

10

..

320

360

..

Office of Accountant in Bankruptcy

..

0

100

100

1

Courts Group

0

..

..

30

..

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

0

..

40

50

..

Scottish Buildings Standards Agency

0

0

30

30

0

Social Work Inspection Agency

0

0

40

50

0

Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland

0

..

60

80

..

Transport Scotland

10

0

190

250

3

Registers of Scotland

20

0

1,280

1,280

1

Historic Scotland

30

0

1,020

1,020

3

Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency

..

0

270

300

..

Scottish Agricultural Scientific Agency

0

0

10

140

0

Scottish Prison Service

150

10

4,000

4,000

4

National Archives for Scotland

0

0

140

150

0

Scottish Public Pensions Agency

..

0

200

220

..

Fisheries Research Services

..

0

300

310

..

Student Awards Agency

..

0

120

140

..

HM Inspectorate of Education

..

0

170

200

..

Welsh Assembly

0

Welsh Assembly Government

0

10

5,680

5,680

0

ESTYN

..

0

100

100

..

All Employees

8,400

5,640

413,870

515,680

3

Source: Annual Civil Service Employment Survey

1.Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten, numbers less than five are represented by “..”.

2 The profession of a civil servant relates to the post occupied by the person and is not dependent on any qualifications the individual may have.

3 Includes Government Office for the Regions employees.

4 Figures for the Office for National Statistics exclude field staff who were not Civil Servants at the reference date.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, on 22 April (Official Report, House of Commons, cols. 698–700W), how many permanent staff were employed in the Legal and Strategic Human Resources group in each year since the establishment of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. [HL4472]

The Legal and Strategic Human Resources group was formed on 1 April 2008, when it comprised 205 permanent staff, of which 114 were legal staff, 53 were in HR and 38 were employed in other areas.

The number of staff employed when Legal and HR were separate units was as follows:

Legal

HR

Total

30 Jun 2004

162

244

406

31 Mar 2005

166

228

394

31 Mar 2006

159

209

368

31 Mar 2007

142

96

238

The significant reduction in the number of HR staff between 31 March 2006 and 31 March 2007 is due to the creation of the Shared Services Directorate to which many HR staff were transferred.

Information prior to 30 June 2004 is not available.